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Freedom Of Speech Under Attack
Peoples Community Radio Link (P.C.R.L 103.5 FM)
Website: www.pcrlfm.co.uk
e-mail: pcrl103fm@hotmail.com
On Friday 23rd January 2004 @ Birmingham Crown Court, Three Founder Members Of Europe's longest and first Black Radio Station Peoples Community Radio Link (P.C.R.L), Were Fined A Total Of £13,000.
          Cecil Morris: Founder and Former Head Of Station Was fined £8,000 
       and also given a 9 Month Prison Sentence Suspended For 2 Years.
Anthony Jeffers: Former Head Of Programming Was Fined £3,000 + 200 Hours Community Service.
Michael Norton: DJ & Black Historian Was Fined £2,000 + 120 Hours Community Service.
        Brief History.
Birmingham Based P.C.R.L & its Forerunner Radio Star  have served the community of Birmingham and the surrounding area for the past 25 years. Radio Star Came about After The Riots In Handsworth In 1981, Through Frustration and Lack Of Opportunity Of The Dis-Enfranchised Community. In May 1985 After Continued Unrest In the Community P.C.R.L Was Formed.
Some Of Our Achievements:-
  • Raised Monies For Birmingham Children's Hospital (£1,500) and Sickle Cell Anemia.
  • Promoting Black History.
  • Promoted Health & Educational Themes.
  • Promoted Empowerment.
  • Addressed Political & Religious Issues From A Black Perspective. 
  • Sponsored Various Sports Teams. (Capricorn Netball Team £800)
  • Sponsored Jamaican University Student To The Tune Of £1,000   
  • Promoting Young Talent.
  • Daily Gospel Programmes.
  • Campaign Against Gun Violence.
  • Re-Dressed The Imbalance In Media.
  • Created An Outlet  For Free Speech! 

  • What Can The Community Do?
  • Contribute Monies To Pay The £13,000 P.C.R.L Court Fine To:
 Name Of Bank: Lloyds TSB 162 Soho Road Handsworth Birmingham
 Bank Account Name:  Handsworth Defence Campaign.
 Sort Code: 77-85-20
 Account No: 18550860
(Remember You can Contribute At Any Branch In The World.)

  • Purchase History Of P.C.R.L on DVD Soon To Be Released (£10-£15)

PCRL would like to thank all the people for the donations made in particular Beenie Brown and The Nation of Islam (UK)

Birmingham based Peoples Community Radio Link (P,C.R.L) came into being in May 1985 out of the frustration and lack of representation in media for certain dis-franchised groups, the ethos was about self determination, freedom of speech and to provide an opportunity to redress the imbalance in the media which up to today here in 2004 still exists.
Our presence has given people with an interest in broadcasting an outlet which was not afforded them.
I'm sure many of us will remember vividly the disturbances particularly in Handsworth, P.C.R.L played a great part in providing a calming influence within the community by putting out positive messages to the people of all age groups, going into the heart of the disturbances and providing the public with honest reporting, not the usual inflammatory reporting we se so much in the main stream media. On more than one occasion help and assistance to the West Midlands Police in solving crime, City Council and other statutory bodies in the City.
Monies have been raised through charitable causes for sickle cell anemia, hospitals both here and abroad. PCRL's campaign against gun violence is legendary in the promotion of the merits of education has always been an integral part of our broadcasts.
You must recognize that since 1896 when Guglielmo Marconi used a transmitter designed to Heinrich Hert, on Salisbury Plain and broadcast a signal over a distance of 4 miles after this he achieved a distance of 9 miles and then in 1903 went on to transmit a simple 54 word message across the Atlantic ocean.
Anyone who understands history will recognize that awesome power would not be left to the masses to control but would be used to communicate propaganda and control the thinking of us. We only have to look at recent events to bare witness.
We have always broadcast truthfully and honestly for the benefit of the community. The cost of which has been high in terms of equipment confiscated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

PCRL is under attack
On Wednesday 14th. February 2004
Cecil Morris, Anthony Jeffers and Michael Norton
Will be on trial at Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts

Answering charges contrary to Section 1 (1) & 1 (1)(a) of the Wireless Telegraphy act 1949 (as amended) and section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
The Trial is due to last for 7 days so if you care about democracy, you're radio station and most of all, freedom of speech, come out and support us!

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